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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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The time-tested way to overcome language problems - the approach I used to learn French in the first place - is of course to find a volatile girlfriend who is fluent in the language. There is nothing like hysterical weeping over the phone at 3 a.m. to really flex your listening comprehension.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 1/18/2019

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[1] BTW, if you like the Creating Passionte Users blog, you will probably like Rajesh Setty's Life Beyond Code blog. Common thread: ways to change your thinking.

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